Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Laiden's Daughter (Clan MacDougall #1) by Suzan Tisdale

Title: Laiden's Daughter (Clan MacDougall #1)
Author: Suzan Tisdale
Source: Self purchased
 Reviewed by Laruie
Rating 3
Sexual rating 3

Betrayed by lies before her birth, Aishlinn believes kind and honorable men do not exist. Raised in near seclusion by a cruel stepfather, she is traded to work at Castle Firth in Penrith England for the price of two sheep. When the despised Earl of Penrith attacks her late one night and attempts to rape her, Aishlinn stabs him in self-defense and flees England for the safety of the Scottish highlands. Surviving the horrific beating at the hands of the Earl, Aishlinn is rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors who swear their allegiance to her for killing the hated Earl--the same man who had destroyed their village and killed their families when they were boys. Duncan McEwan, future chief of the Clan MacDougall, has survived countless battles and bed innumerable women. He has scaled mountains, survived a horrific storm at sea and even hand-to-claw battle with a ferocious cat-o'mountain. But none of that could have prepared him for how his life is forever changed one fateful spring day when he rescues a very battered young woman. Together with his men, they risk everything to take her to the safety of their clan. She soon learns that kind and honorable men do exist and one in particular changes her heart forever. She discovers an inner strength and it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heart wrenching decision--allow the English to kill those she loves or surrender for the crime she committed. With an intense code of honor Duncan must now battle the feelings for the beautiful Aishlinn. He will do anything to keep her as his own and he'll do anything to keep her out of the hands of the English.
Review Great story, great characters an amazing unexpected twist I never saw coming, but this book is in need of editing. I gave it 3 stars for not only because of the editing, but also for the headhopping. It took me an extra 3 days to read it because of the POV changes without notice. I’m one that likes to stick with one character's POV so I can really get the feeling of that character's life without interruption from a different character and their POV. I also believe if a beta reader went over this book they would have smoothed out Aishlinn's inconsistencies and made her a bit more believable. It wouldn’t have taken too many changes to help, but as it stands she does a 360 from being battered and feeling like she is nothing but plain into a super hero and beautiful. It would have flowed much better if the change was a bit more subtle. The price of the book is cheap, but I would have rather paid a bit more and received a good, edited completed book that I could have fell in love with.

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